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Topophilia: A Study of Environmental Perceptions, Attitudes, and Values [Paperback]

Y F Tuan

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30 Oct 1990
What are the links between environment and world view? Topophilia, the affective bond between people and place, is the primary theme of this book that examines environmental perceptions and values at different levels: the species, the group, and the individual. Yi-Fu Tuan holds culture and environment and topophilia and environment as distinct in order to show how they mutually contribute to the formation of values. Topophilia examines the search for environment in the city, suburb, countryside, and wilderness from a dialectical perspective, distinguishes different types of environmental experience, and describes their character.

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The book offers a broad framework for the study of man in his environment. Choice What Professor Tuan has achieved in this volume can properly be called a philosophical reflection on the aesthetics of environments...We are fortunate to have researchers such as Professor Tuan. Journal of Aesthetics

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Yi-Fu Tuan is Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The seeds of Tuan's "humanistic geography" 14 Feb 2006
By Anatole Shaw - Published on
After reading Yi-Fu Tuan's "Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience," delving into "Topophilia" is a bit like stepping backward in the philosopher's evolution of thought. There are astounding passages of wisdom here, about the nature of human experience as it relates to the environment -- interspersed, sometimes jarringly, with related histories and descriptions. The seeds of Tuan's "humanistic geography" are here, but are not as philosophically compelling as the mature synthesis found in "Space and Place."

It would be a mistake, however, to view Tuan's more mature work as superceding this volume. "Topophilia" is full of amazing sensitivity and insight, and key to gaining a deep and useful understanding of the author's philosophy. This book's emphasis on the conventional 'environment' is also significantly different from the broader notions 'space and place' explored in the later work of that name. Both works are seminal.

To the philosopher, artist, and psychologist, I would recommend reading "Space and Place" before this book. To the geographer and especially the environmentalist, however, Topophilia's particular focus may be a more enticing place to start.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so deep 27 Jun 2008
By Giacomo Crocchini - Published on
This is considered one of the most important essays among geographers, and being a geographer myself, i actually thought of this book (before buying it) as the one everyone involved in this subject should read.
I have to say that while it is very well written, poetic and strong it doesn't really add anything specific to the community. I found it just a collection of many themes and ideas touched and developed by others in the past. Don't get me wrong, the book is beautiful and thanks to its fluidity it's a pleasure to read it, but it is more of a global vision of things .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 13 Nov 2012
By D. Ogle - Published on
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A truly unique and insightful view of our relationship with place. Great reading, great information, great book. Recommended to anyone with an interest in how place and people interact.
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